Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine: Bowl Cake

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bowl Cake

My favorite time of the year is from June 2nd to June 20th. Why? Because my husband’s birthday is on the 2nd and mine is on the 21st. So for that short period of time from the 2nd-20th,every year, I can tease him about being an old man. I know…I’m rotten; but hey I made him this delicious cake for his birthday…doesn’t that make up for it.

This cake is known in my family as the “Bowl Cake” and it’s what we always had on birthdays. The recipe has been passed down to me from my great uncle on my mom’s side who was a professional baker back in the day. It’s a pound cake with a very light crumb topped with traditional butter cream frosting.

Bowl Cake
4 eggs
½ lb. butter
1 ½ cups sugar
2 cups cake flour (sifted if you want an even lighter cake)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ cup of milk
Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl and set aside.
In another bowl beat butter and sugar until creamy.
Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
Add vanilla.
Add flour alternately with milk and beat well.
Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour or till done

Buttercream Frosting
½ cup Crisco
½ cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
31/2 cups powdered sugar
milk as needed for consistency


  1. Haha... I am 10 months older than my hubby, and he loves to remind me! Sounds pretty yummy, and looks cute!!

  2. Yes. There's very little that can't be made right with cake.

  3. I used to joke with my ex-bf about our age difference since I was three months older than him. Heehee. This cake looks amazing! I love birthday cake.

  4. The cake does make up for it. I bet it's delicious, and I love that it's a family traditional recipe. That makes it even better!

  5. There's nothing better than birthday cake! Happy Birthday to you both!

  6. Happy birthday to you both. God bless you for making it so delicious !

  7. The bowl cake sounds great. My bday is June 2 too :) I'm exactly 2 weeks older than my hubby so I'm the old one at our house...hehe.

  8. Happy Birthday to you and your husband. The cake sounds so delicious.

  9. I love hand me down family recipes! This looks good, so pretty and simple!

  10. The age thing is reversed with us! I'm the one who gets teased for a short while.. I love recipes like this.. will have to give it a try!